Posted on October 20, 2015 by Abba Storage
The Basics of Organizing your Storage Unit
Whether you need to access items in your self-storage unit frequently, or your storage space will be more for long-term storage, keeping its contents organized is key for making your storage space as functional as possible. As with most organizational tasks, there are a few fundamentals that can make your life easier with little to no extra effort, and they can be broken into two phases: preparing your items for storage and arranging your items in the space. Spending a little more time in the details at these two points can save you a lot of time later.
Prepare Your Stuff
While it may seem that effective use of storage is composed of two simple steps – piling all your storage items into the truck and then unloading it into your storage unit so that it merely fits in the space – taking the time to complete the additional step of organizing your things at the front end can be helpful in many ways. Start by taking an inventory of the things you will store. This can be a simple written list or can be a photo inventory of everything in the unit, which can be kept as a physical copy or a photo folder in an app. This list will come in handy when you are trying to remember where those holiday decorations are, or getting ready for a summer outing. Another helpful preliminary step is to label each container you store. You may think you will remember which color/shape container holds the camping gear, but when next year rolls around you can save yourself some time by clearly labelling the contents of your unit. These labels can be further notated in your inventory as well, for an even more precise and thorough organizational aid. It is also worth noting that the containers you’ve meticulously labelled and inventoried better serve you if they are made of durable materials: plastic may better protect your things from time and the elements than cardboard would.
Mindfully arrange the space
It is important to adhere to some rhyme and reason in the arrangement of your items in the storage unit. What system you create depends on your needs and what you are storing, but there are a few simple things you can do to make your storage easily accessible. To begin, be sure to create pathways or aisles around the space so you can get to any item without having to move and replace layers of stuff to find what you are looking for, no matter where it is placed in the unit. It is also important to place items you will be retrieving or using frequently at the front of your unit. Consult your inventory to determine what these items may be and keep them nearer to the door. Another helpful way to arrange the space is to put larger items at the back of the unit and smaller at the front, so you don’t have to maneuver around the bookshelf or couch to get to your fishing poles.
Need a space to test out these organizational basics? Contact us today! No matter your storage needs, Abba Self & RV Storage has an easy, secure option for you. Put your organizational skills to use and contact us today at 925-969-9222. We offer a wide range of secure storage choices for all of your off-site storage needs in the Concord, CA area.